November CD
Five Finger Death Punch - ‘A Decade Of Destruction’ (Prospect Park) Print E-mail
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Written by Allan Maxwell   
Thursday, 30 November 2017 04:40

Five Finger Death Punch A Decade Of Destruction ArtworkAfter a lengthy legal battle with long term label Prospect Park, and a period of widely reported inner turmoil, Five Finger Death Punch tomorrow release their first new music in two years, in the form of two new songs which kick off what is otherwise a “greatest hits” type package. Allan Maxwell prepares for their forthcoming visit to the Über Kingdom by delving into the package:

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Saltlake – ‘Medicate Me’ (Regent Street Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 30 November 2017 04:20

Saltlake artworkCan someone enlighten UR head honcho Monk as what in the name of all the owls in the forest is “alternative rock”? The reason he is asking? Well, it’s because how Sussex trio Saltlake describe their music… So, is it rock? Or is it something alternative to the music we know and love, and the reason we’re here? There’s only one way to find out and that’s do what thon wee link says:

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Defecto - ‘Nemesis’ (Prime Collective) Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Cooper   
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 04:40

Defecto artworkWith this, their second album, Phil C reckons Defecto have tackled that “difficult second album” syndrome head on and produced an opus which should see them break out of their native Denmark and take on the wider metal world. Click the link to find out why he has reached this conclusion.

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The Lords Of Altamont – ‘The Wild Sounds Of...’ (Heavy Psych Sounds) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 04:00

TLOA CoverWith their sixth album, Double D reckons that not only have The Lords Of Altamont released their best contribution to the rock ‘n’ roll canon to date, but hands-down best garage rock 'n' roll record he’s had the pleasure of hearing for quite a while. Click the link to find out why the wild sounds of TLOA have our man creaming his leather pants:

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Rush – ‘A Farewell To Kings’ Deluxe Edition (Mercury/UMC) Print E-mail
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Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 04:20

Rush A FarewellMarking the 40th anniversary of its original release, Rush are preparing to issue a massive deluxe edition of their iconic fifth album. We tasked our resident DJ with delving deep into its layers and uncovering some of the surprises it contains. Click the link for a hint of what it is store when it hits the shelves this coming weekend:

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Evanescence – ‘Synthesis’ (BMG/Sony) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Monday, 27 November 2017 04:20

Evanescence artworkWhen is a new studio album not a new studio album? According to Jonni D, a man not known for pulling his punches, it’s when said album is “better described as an orchestral/electronic reworking of older material with several new stylistically similar compositions included”. Click the link to find out why the man with the same initials as our favourite brand of whiskey struggled to come to terms with this latest musical ‘Synthesis’ from Ms Lee:

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Smiler – ‘The Last Demo’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 24 November 2017 04:40

Smiler artworkShort and sweet! That not only sums up this farewell EP from the south Wales hardcore crew with the happy outlook (well, if their name is anything to go by) but the troubled history, but also Double D’s summation of same. Click the link to get straight to the point:

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Lure, Burke, Stinson & Kramer – ‘L.A.M.F. Live At The Bowery Electric’ (Jungle Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 23 November 2017 04:00

LAMF Live at the Bowery Electric LP sleeve 3000pxapproved smallIt’s hard to believe that it has been 40 years since the release of what Dom D proudly proclaims to be the single most ground-breaking and genre-defining album of all time. Now, three quarters of its creators may no longer be with us, but last year the sole remaining Heartbreaker teamed up with members of Blondie, MC5 and The Replacements came together to reproduce said opus in all it’s punktastic glory. Click the link to find out why DD is foaming at the mouth and prepared to crawl over broken glass to get a slice of this action:

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The Adicts – ‘And It Was So!’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Rowland   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 04:40

The Adicts And It Was So ArtworkWhilst the Nuclear Blast label is more commonly associated with rock, metal and doom, in recent times, they’ve done a fine job in resurrecting old punk bands, giving them a decent budget, and producing a cracking new album. Last year saw Discharge produce a storming return to form this year saw Oi! stalwarts Peter & The Test Tube Babies work similar wonders with their first album in five years, ‘That Shallot’. So has the Nuclear Blast magic rubbed off on the new album from Ipswich clockwork punks The Adicts, also their first in five years? JR has the answer on the other side of the link:

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Opium Warlords – ‘Droner’ (Svart Records) Print E-mail
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Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Monday, 20 November 2017 04:00

svart129 opiumwarlords droner 3000pxAn EP that lasts longer than a lot of full-length albums? Three “songs” that, between them, clock in at almost an hour in length? Well, that’s what happens in the world of drone, and there are few better exponents of the art than Sami ‘Witchfinder’ Hynninen, who has returned after a hiatus exploring doom and black metal – and even electronic music - to bore into our psyche with this, the fourth Opium Warlords offering. DJ Astrocreep delves into its murky depths:

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My Vitriol/Magic Mountain – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club – 9 November 2017 Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 17 November 2017 04:20

My Vitriol tour posterSixteen years after producing what Ben Hughes regards as a seminal album that married angular guitars and lazy harmonies that combined the sounds of The Smashing Pumpkins and The Posies, My Vitriol are back out on the road promoting a new, albeit fan-only, album. So, when the tour pulled into his favourite local venue, where was our man gonna be but front and central?

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Electric Wizard – ‘Wizard Bloody Wizard’ (Spinefarm) Print E-mail
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Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Thursday, 30 November 2017 04:00

electric wizard wizardbloodywizard coverThe build-up to Christmas. A time for decorations, (nativity) displays and... doom?! After an initially anticipated release date of 2016, Electric Wizard finally release their ninth studio album.  But, does it continue to retain the unmistakeable stamp of the band from which both they and it draw their titular inspirations.  Click the link to find out why our resident DJ reckons it’s their best release from an accessibility viewpoint:

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The Cherry Dolls – ‘Viva Los Dolls’ (Golden Robot Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 04:20

The Cherry Dolls artworkapproved smallWith a name like The Cherry Dolls you immediately think “glam band”, right? Yet, if you called this Australian mob “glam” they would probably punch your lights out, as Ben Hughes found out when he slipped the shiny little disc URHQ sent his way.  Click the link to find out why he reckons every self-respecting garage rocker should be adding this little gem to their Christmas pressie wish lists:

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Milk Teeth – ‘Go Away’ (Roadrunner Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Allan Maxwell   
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 04:40

Milk Teeth Go Away artworkHaving been nice to us over the summer, those vile children Milk Teeth – currently out on tour with Good Charlotte – are now telling us to ‘Go Away’ with their new EP… Okay, that’s enough of the silly puns. Allan Maxwell was the man charged with sinking his teeth (sorry, couldn’t resist another one) into the latest mini-offering from the Cotswold punx:

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Circus of Power - ‘Four’ (Noize In The Attic Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 04:00

Circus Of Power FourAlmost a quarter of a century after embracing us with ‘Magic and Madness’, Alex Mitchell has resurrected his Circus of Power project – this time with former Kyuss and Fu Manchu man Brant Bjork behind the kit – with a new album: one which our man in Texas reckons has crept inside his brain and doesn’t want to let go. Click the link to find out why he can’t resist the urge to sneak off to play it again:

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Sulo – ‘Full English’ (Cargo Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 27 November 2017 04:00

sulo full english 17ceacec 842c 4e50 9de1 315b0652714b 1024x1024This unexpected solo album from the former Diamond Dogs/current The Crunch frontman may have taken our man Double D by surprise, but it turned out to be one ‘Full English’ to which he’ll gladly go back for seconds – or even thirds. Sprinkled with some UK r’n’r stardust, click the link to find out why our man’s appetite is more than satiated with this little disc of joy:

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Head Noise – ‘Special Effects Improves The Defects’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Nev Brooks   
Friday, 24 November 2017 04:00

Head Noise artworkapproved smallNot too long ago, Nev Brooks raved about a mini LP by a band called Bankrupt Pug, their art-punk noise really setting out their stall and raising a level of excitement live that he hadn’t experienced in a while – yet, typically, the buggers then decided to split! But, before you know it, the driving forces are back with a new incarnation. You can welcome Head Noise to the Über Rockin’ familia by clicking on the link:

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Iron Maiden – ‘The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter’ (Warner Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 04:40

iron maiden live albumHaving completed yet another epic touring cycle, before preparing to head back out on the road again early next year, Iron Maiden have just delivered fans a souvenir of their two-year recitation of ‘The Book Of Souls’ by adding a new chapter – a live album capturing the highlights of that journey.  Jonni D was the Über Rocker assigned the task of continuing the story:

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Bell – ‘Tidecaller’ (High Roller Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 20 November 2017 04:20

Bell Traveller artworkHang on there, just one second… UR boss Monk’s Scandinavian brothers may know a thing or three about the doom metal genre, but in this latest offering from the land of his forefathers its protagonists seem to have forgotten something – that in a genre which relies on a heavy bottom end to its sound, it needs just a smidgeon of, well, bottom end, as in a bass sound… Click to link to find out why this particular release lacks that all important ingredient:

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Third Lung - ‘Breaking Late’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Saturday, 18 November 2017 04:20

Third Lung artworkWhile bands have their whole lives to write their debut album, the difficult follow up album has snake bit many bands over the years. However, Gerald Stansbury reckons that Third Lung have asserted some serious confidence by releasing an EP as the follow up to the first record, in the process putting put out six songs that, for him far exceed their debut album. Click the link to find out why our man believes that, if these six songs are a hint of what’s to come, the band could have a breakthrough year in 2018:

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The King Is Blind – ‘We Are The Parasite We Are The Cancer’ (Calva Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Friday, 17 November 2017 04:00

The King Is Blind artworkapproved small 2013It may have taken Nick Russell a while to get around to reviewing the second album from East Anglian noise makers TKIB, but he reckons it’s worth the wait, as he draws comparisons with genre-defining metal albums such as Behemoth’s ‘The Satanist’ and Gojira’s ‘Magma’. Click the link to find out more about a release which the big man reckons is “insightful, interesting and thought-provoking”:

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